Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Welcome!

Welcome to PeanutSqueaks! 

After becoming a mother, my perspective on life has changed in so many ways!  It is amazing how a tiny little person can affect so many aspects of your life!  One thing I've questioned more and more is what ingredients are in the products we use daily or frequently.  Often times we learn something we have been using for a while is not very good for us.  Check out the PeanutSqueaks Lotion Bars for a great moisturizing option!

Another thing I've dived into has been cloth diapering.  Many main stream diaper rash creams are not safe to use with cloth diapers as they can cause repelling and other issues.  After trying numerous products, we've come up with a system that works well and has all natural ingredients - the PeanutSqueaks Diaper Rash Cream.

I hope you enjoy our products as much as we do!  I look forward to hearing about your experience. =)


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Lotion Bars

Lotion bars are a quick and easy way to apply moisturizers.  Made with natural ingredients.

Great year round - in the summer after a long day playing in the sun or a cold winter day playing in the snow.
Great for kids too.  My children love being able to use these!  I can let my preschooler and toddler apply their own without worrying about a huge mess as I would with liquid lotions.


The solid bar will soften when rubbed on your skin or between your hands. Apply to any dry areas like soles of feet, hands, legs, chapped lips or elbows. If irritation occurs, discontinue use.

Made with beeswax, coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and essential oils.

Varieties available:
  • Cocoa
  • Cocoa Tangerine
  • Patchouli
  • Lavender
  • Eucalyptus
  • Original (blend of Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Tea Tree Oil)

2 ounce Lotion Bar in Tin - $6.00
.6 ounce Lotion Bar in Tin - $4.00
Plus shipping.



Lotion Bar, 2 ounce in a tin. $6.00 USD



Lotion Bar, .6 ounce in a tin. $4.00 USD





Also available locally at The Olde Open Window in downtown Brainerd.


 
 
At this time, the lotion bars are scented only with essential oils and the natural cocoa butter smells.  Here is a little bit more information about the individual essential oils currently used.
 
Tangerine
"Warm, citrus, sweet and tangy aroma. It is antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative and stomachic. Could be phototoxic; care should be taken not to expose the skin to strong sunlight after treatment. Has an almost hypnotic effect on the mind. May be helpful with stress and tension due to its soothing action on the nervous system. Assists with gastric complaints, such as flatulence, diarrhea and constipation. Stimulates flow of bile which helps to digest fats. It is a popular addition to a massage oil during pregnancy, helping to reduce stretch marks, reducing fluid retention and stimulating circulation. Could help smooth out stretch marks."

Patchouli
"Patchouli provides a strong, earthy, smoky, spicy and musky scent. This EO is said to be antidepressant, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, deodorant, fungicide and insecticide. May cause loss of appetite. Its odor may be little too persistent for some people. Due to its strong astringent and cicatrisant properties, may be helpful for loose skin, especially after dieting, used in many anti-wrinkle products.
Its diuretic properties are useful in cases of fluid retention and cellulite. Well known to increase libido, considered an aphrodisiac. Relieves effects from insect bites, protects clothes from moths. It is known as a tissue regenerator which helps stimulate regrowth of skin cells and the forming of scar tissue. Heals rough, cracked skin. Useful for treating acne, eczema, fungal infections and scalp disorders including dandruff."

Eucalyptus
"Commonly known as blue gum. Its scent is camphorous with a woody sweet undertone. Some of this oil's properties are expectorant, decongestant, insecticide, analgesic, antirheumatic and antiseptic. Inhibits proliferation of the cold virus. Deters mosquitoes and other insects. Cools emotions, aids concentration. Effective in all types of fever, lowers the temperature, makes breathing easier, loosens phlegm. It is one of the most valuable oils for treating the respiratory system. According to research, the spraying of a 2% emulsion containing eucalyptus oil kills off 70% of local, airborne staphylococci. Helps with cystitis. Clears up sinus congestion."

Lavender
"Lavender's aroma is floral, herbaceous, light with woody undertones. Among its many properties, it's known to be analgesic, antidepressant, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antiviral, bactericide, cicatrizant, decongestant, deodorant, diuretic, fungicide, sedative. Soothes the spirit, relieves anger, valuable in manic-depressive cases.
Lavender has a sedative action on the heart, assists in bringing down high blood pressure, relieves insomnia and muscular spasms and rheumatic pains. This is the first essential oil one should reach for in the case of minor burns and sunburn, keep a bottle in the kitchen (away from open flame!). Useful with menstrual problems, bronchitis and headaches, helps lower blood pressure. Useful in a diffuser in the delivery room to calm and relax everyone in the room.May be useful with nausea, vomiting and colic. Keeps insects away. Purifies the air. Promotes growth of new skin cells, great healing effect on burns and sunburn, acne, psoriasis, boils, fungal growths and scarring."

Tea Tree Oil
"Fresh and antiseptic, rather pungent aroma, some might characterize it as medicinal. This is a "must have" essential oil. It is antibiotic, antiseptic, antiviral, bactericide, cicatrizant, expectorant, fungicide, insecticide and sudorific. Although it may cause irritation on sensitive areas of skin, along with Lavender it is just about the only oil that many recommend to be used neat or straight from the bottle without dilution.
Tea tree has extensive applications in medicine and veterinary medicine (rarely, if ever, used on cats or birds, use caution). Its most important usage is to help the immune system fight off infectious diseases. Activates the white corpuscles to form a defense against invading organisms and helps to shorten the duration of illness. Indicated for influenza, cold sores, and gingivitis.A series of massage with this oil before surgery may help to fortify the body. Its strong antiviral and germicidal properties are useful in repeated infections. Its fungicidal properties help clear vaginal thrush and is of value with genital infections generally. Alleviates urinary tract problems such as cystitis. Gives relief to genital and anal itching as well as general itching from chicken pox to rashes caused by insect bites. Said to give some protection against x-ray therapy in breast cancer. It will apparently reduce scarring when applied before treatment as the protective film will guard against very deep penetration of the x-rays. Helps to ease otitis. Reduces pus in infected wounds. Clears blemishes caused by chicken pox and shingles. Useful with minor burns, sores, sunburn, ringworm, warts, tinea, herpes and athletes foot. Helpful with dry conditions of the scalp as well as dandruff."

Peppermint
"Its aroma is strongly piercing, refreshing, minty and very herbaceous. Among its properties are: Cooling, analgesic, antispasmodic, anesthetic, decongestant, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, insecticide and stimulant. Should be kept away from eyes, likely to irritate skin and mucous membranes. Best avoided by pregnant women and nursing mothers as it could discourage flow of milk. May antidote homeopathic remedies.
Helps people become clear headed and refreshes the spirits. Helpful for people who are unable to concentrate or who have mental fatigue. Said to relieve states of anger, hysteria and nervous trembling, excellent for depression.On the body, it has a dual action: cooling when hot and warming when cold. As a remedy for colds, it halts mucous and fevers and encourages perspiration. Extremely important for its effect on the digestive system (1 drop on a sugar cube or on a teaspoon of honey).Has a slightly anesthetic effect on stomach muscles. Good for travel sickness, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, colic, nausea and to keep drivers alert while on the road. Its cooling and pain relieving action seems to ease headaches, migraines and toothaches. Used in liniments for the relief of muscle pain, lumbago, bruises, joint pain and insect bites."

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Diaper Wipes and Family Cloth

Diaper Wipes
If you are using cloth diapers, I highly recommend using cloth wipes!  They work quite nicely, are cheaper than continually buying disposable wipes, and you don't have to worry about throwing the wipe and diaper into separate pails. 

After cloth diapering for several years, these are my favorite type of wipes!  They're big enough and thick enough for the messy jobs, yet small enough to work for small things too.

Family Cloth
Another thing to consider...  Why not use cloth wipes for everyone in the family?!  They feel nicer, don't leave pieces behind, and can simply be rinsed & washed with towels or with your cloth diaper wash.


Diaper Wipes / Family Cloth:
10 wipes  $10.00
20 wipes  $19.00
40 wipes  $35.00